A couple of weeks ago I sent my resignation letter to Blue Sky letting them know that I’d be leaving the company October 1. Starting next month I’ll begin my full time freelance career.
This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time now and I’m finally in a position where I can make this work. For 12 years I’ve been supported by one studio or another. I’ve certainly enjoyed it, benefited from it, and it’s definitely great for a lot of people, but 6 or 7 years ago I realized that what I really wanted to do with my career wasn’t going to happen while I worked at a studio.
So I hatched a plan. It went something like this:
1. Work for a studio by day.
2. Work my tail off by night creating my own properties and doing freelance illustration and design work.
3. Save enough extra cash to a) get completely out of debt, and b) make a financial buffer for when I quit my job.
4. Line up enough work to support my family.
5. Move somewhere a little more affordable.
Next week I complete phase 5 of the plan. Not only am I leaving Blue Sky Studios, but also the magnificent state of Connecticut. I’ve decided to head out west and set up shop right next to a big ‘ol mountain in Utah in a little town called Provo. There I’ll be able to devote my full day to the freelance projects I have coming up for the next year. Why Provo? I was asked to teach at Brigham Young University for the winter semester beginning in January. I’ll have a Photoshop class, a character design class, and a concept art class on my plate. So, it’s shaping up to be a busy year.
Unfortunately, because of the moving schedule I’m on, a family wedding in early October (complete with a bunch of relatives staying with us), and a trip outside of the country planned for mid October I’m going to have to pass on my traditional celebration of Inktober this year.
It pains me.
But I can’t see myself being able to post a daily drawing under the circumstances. Oh, I’ll post some ink drawings for sure, but I won’t be able to maintain the same schedule I did last year. Of course, everyone is welcome to celebrate the art of INK for Inktober in their own way. And if you do, please send me a link to your drawings and I’ll post them up here.
Ok, long-winded post, I know. But I had a lot to say. To my Connecticut peeps: I love you and will miss you. And to my Utah peeps: can’t wait to hang with you.